Structured PhD Support Workshops

- Transferable Skills Training

As a PhD graduate, your skill-set will naturally include advanced research and analytical techniques required to undertake high level research in your field. You will also be expected to possess a range of transferable skills relevant to the successful completion of your research project and to your broader professional development ( Workshops assisting you with aspects of your Structured PhD Programme such as the Stage Transfer Assessment, Research and Professional Development planning and Viva Preparation (see also The Good Viva Video) are provided. In addition, workshops on project management, time management, and presentation skills are available to you.

PhD Masterclass (TS00090)

Defeating Self-Sabotage. Suitable for research students at all stages

Sometimes external factors stop us from achieving our goals eg. lack of resources, changes in circumstances and plans not working out. However, there is an increasing body of research in the area of self-sabotage or selfhandicapping that shows that there might be internal reasons for stopping ourselves from reaching our goals. 

Examples of common self-sabotaging behaviours include procrastination, perfectionism and over-committing. Completing your thesis occurs in a reasonably unstructured environment where much relies on your own initiative and commitment. In this context there is a lot of scope for self-sabotaging behaviours to operate. This intensive program will provide you with an opportunity to explore your own self-sabotage patterns and identify strategies for dealing with them. The course, while having strong theoretical and empirical underpinnings, will be practical and based on helping you to get your thesis finished.

Mr. Hugh Kearns

Part 1:
Thursday, 15th November 2018,

Red Room, Student Centre (building 67 on the UCD Belfield Campus Map)


Part 2:
Monday, 11th February 2018,

Room 109 Veterinary Sciences Centre (building 74 on the UCD Belfield Campus Map)

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Turbo Charging your Writing (TS00070)

Suitable for research students at all stages

Are you in the 3rd year of your thesis or entering the final write-up phase? Would you like to potentially halve the amount of time it takes to submission? Well this intensive workshop might be for you.

Mr. Hugh Kearns

Friday 15th February 2019


E2.16 Science Centre East (Building 64 on UCD Belfield Campus Map)

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Introduction to GIS: Maps, Mapping Data and Data Visualisation

A short course in geolocated data and your use of digital map technologies - suitable for research students and others. No previous experience of GIS required. 

For more information, please see the full advertisement: Introduction to GIS: Maps, mapping data and data Visualisation

Instructor: Dr. Eoin O'Mahony

Wednesday, 20th March 2019

9.30 -16.30

Map Library, School of Geography

E002 Newman Building (building 36 on the UCD Belfield Campus Map)

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Working with your Research Supervisor (TS00120)

Suitable for research students at all stages

An effective student-supervisor working relationship is an important factor in progressing your research to completion. Many students new to research are unsure of how the student-supervisor dynamic works, how often should they engage with their supervisor?, who initiates and manages meetings? How is a good working relationship fostered? What to do if things aren’t working out…
This workshop explores the dynamics of this important relationship and offers tips on optimising the experience from the student’s perspective.

Dr. Janet Carton

Thursday, 7th March 2019


317 ENG Engineering & Materials Science Centre (building 22 on the UCD Campus Map)

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Research and Professional Development Planning; Get the most out of your RPDP (TS00170)

Suitable for research students at all stages

Research and professional development planning is an integral part of the Structured PhD programme at UCD. The purpose of such planning is to ensure that a student’s work is clearly focused on achieving research and professional development goals. This will play a major part in informing the trajectory of the student’s research and in their training and development as a researcher. The RPDP is also a useful resource when it comes to writing-up and plays a key role in the student’s Transfer Assessment process.

Dr. Emer Cunningham

Thursday, 28th February 2019


317 ENG Engineering & Materials Science Centre (building 22 on the UCD Campus Map)

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Presentation Skills (TS00180)

Suitable for research students at all stages

Mr. Barry Brophy

Tuesday, 2 April 2019


G108 ART Newman Building (building 41 on the UCD Belfield Campus Map‌)

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Managing your Transfer Assessment (TS00490)

Suitable for research students mainly in early stages

A course of study and research leading to the degree of PhD is pursued in two stages: Stage 1 is an initial period of advanced education, training and research Stage 2: is largely dedicated to original doctoral research but may also include advanced education and research and generic training. To progress from Stage 1 to Stage 2, students must be formally assessed by a Transfer Assessment Panel for their competence and capacity to complete a doctorate. This workshop aims to assist Stage 1 doctoral students in preparing for their Transfer Assessment.

Prof. Barbara Dooley 

Monday, 18th February 2019 

10.00 am - 12.00 pm

A003 HEA, Health Sciences Centre (building 29 on UCD Belfield Campus Map)


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Viva Preparation (TS00480)

This workshop aims to assist doctoral students in preparing for their viva voce or oral defence of their thesis. The objectives of the viva voce examination are to provide an opportunity for the examiners to clarify any issues of fact which may have arisen in the course of the preliminary reading of the thesis, to test the candidate’s knowledge of the thesis topic and related areas of research and, as far as possible, to establish the originality of the candidate’s work and ideas. The viva voce examination also provides an opportunity for the candidate to elaborate on aspects of the research which may not have been included in the thesis and to defend the arguments presented and the ideas developed in the thesis.

Prof. Barbara Dooley

Thurday, 14th February 2019


317 ENG Engineering & Materials Science Centre (building 22 on the UCD Campus Map)

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SPSS – Statistics Training (TS00500)

The basic statistics this SPSS Training will cover include: descriptive statistics, correlation, t-tests, analysis of variance and non-parametric techniques. The module will guide students, step-by-step, using a dataset that the module co-ordinator will provide. The module co-ordinator will also provide students with a handbook covering the topics covered.

Prof. Barbara Dooley

Tuesday, 5th March 2019


Location: G6 PC Lab Daedalus (building 20 on UCD Belfield Campus Map)


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The aim of this session is to support those new to or those wishing to refresh their tutorial and small group teaching skills. A comprehensive Tutor Induction pack is provided and access to online resources.

The session is designed to be interactive and reflect the approaches and methods one may use in a real tutorial or small group teaching session.

On completion of this induction you should be able to:
• Identify key communication techniques
• Design an effective session for teaching undergraduates
• Critically reflect on the role of the tutor / facilitator in small group teaching
• Prepare a tutorial plan

Please note, the Tutor Induction pack is available online here. Please bring or have access to this on the day.

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For more information about Tutor and Demonstrator Development, you can visit the Teaching and Learning website.